This Linux kernel change "vhost_net: disable zerocopy by default" is included in the Linux 5.3 release. This change is authored by Jason Wang <jasowang [at] redhat.com> on Mon Jun 17 05:20:54 2019 -0400. The commit for this change in Linux stable tree is 098eadc (patch).
vhost_net: disable zerocopy by default Vhost_net was known to suffer from HOL issues which is not easy to fix. Several downstream disable the feature by default. What's more, the datapath was split and datacopy path got the support of batching and XDP support recently which makes it faster than zerocopy part for small packets transmission. It looks to me that disable zerocopy by default is more appropriate. It cold be enabled by default again in the future if we fix the above issues.  https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/3787671/ Signed-off-by: Jason Wang <firstname.lastname@example.org> Acked-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <email@example.com> Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
There are 2 lines of Linux source code added/deleted in this change. Code changes to Linux kernel are as follows.
drivers/vhost/net.c | 2 +- 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-) diff --git a/drivers/vhost/net.c b/drivers/vhost/net.c index 2d9df78..21e0805 100644 --- a/drivers/vhost/net.c +++ b/drivers/vhost/net.c @@ -36,7 +36,7 @@ #include "vhost.h" -static int experimental_zcopytx = 1; +static int experimental_zcopytx = 0; module_param(experimental_zcopytx, int, 0444); MODULE_PARM_DESC(experimental_zcopytx, "Enable Zero Copy TX;" " 1 -Enable; 0 - Disable");